I also use a round wooden toothpick when I quill with wide, crimped strips to make large pieces.
And a wooden dowel to make this kind of flower.
In 2000 I started making a novelty quilling needle tool with a polymer clay handle. I tested them for a year with different focus groups and then sold over 500 on eBay and at a few NAQG conventions. Seems like 10 years ago a lot of people used needle tools.
I used a regular corsage pin and made all sizes of handles. Then I started making the same tool with a smaller quilters needle for miniature quilling and sold them as sets. I used either gold plated or sterling silver beads and discs at the base.
I experimented quite a bit. These are all the imperfect needle tools I kept and a few I still use. I shined up the handles over the weekend, brushing on a coat of Future floor wax. I'm going to make some type of enclosed, framed art piece for my craft room with the imperfect ones -- to remind me of that particular time in my life. Plus I just like bright, colorful things around :)
The only slotted tool I have bought, and use to make fringed flowers or roses, is the 4" metal handle, from Whimsiquills. This is all I will say about slotted tools as I know they are the most popular, easiest to use and I want people to use what is best for them.
I saw this video by Anastasia Wahalatantiri using a big tooth comb to make gorgeous folded leaves. I am going to try Annie's technique with my onion holder. I have had it for years and never knew what to do with it.
What are your favorite quilling tools?
Enjoy the week!
P.S. I don't make these tools any more.